Late-onset PRA

 

 

Basenji Health Management

Willow, Arthur and Raven have been DNA ‘swabbed’ to be tested for late-onset PRA. The DNA has been sent to Orivet for testing. The results are expected in the next couple of weeks. Based on the results of their parents, Willow, Arthur and Raven will have normal or carrier results.

 

For a full list of Team Tambuzi health results click here

Bacchus Marsh and District Show 2014 – 12 October

Mrs Julie Keenan (Vic) judged hounds Bacchus Marsh and District Show 2014. This was Mrs Keenan’s first appointment to judge hounds. She presented top breed honours and Best of Breed to Ch Tambuzi The Secret of Roan Inish (Willow). For Best of breed. Again Willow ran up against her father, who was awarded the dog challenge, Grand Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) and who went on to be awarded Runner-up Best of Breed. 

Seymour A&P Society 2014

Willow- Best of Breed
Bacchus Marsh and District Show 2014

Ringo Seymour A&P Society 2014

 Ringo – Runner Up Best of Breed
Bacchus Marsh and District Show 2014

Shepparton Agricultural Society 2014 – 11 October

New Australian Grand Champion at Tambuzi

Miss Julie Aspinall (Vic) judged hounds today at the Shepparton Agricultural Society Show  Miss Aspinall presented top breed honours and Best of Breed to Ch Tambuzi The Secret of Roan Inish (Willow). For Best of breed Willow ran up against her father Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) who was awarded Runner-up Best of Breed.  This win made Ringo up to Grand Champion. Another good day for the team!

Seymour A&P Society 2014

Willow- Best of Breed
Shepparton Agricultural Show 2014

Ringo Seymour A&P Society 2014

 Ringo – Runner Up Best of Breed
Shepparton Agricultural Show 2014

Kerang and District Agricultural Show 2014 – 6 October

Group 4 was judged by Mr Richard Stoate (Vic) Kerang and District Agricultural Show.  Best of Breed of breed was awarded to Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) with  Ch Tambuzi The Secret of Roan Inish (Willow) being awarded Runner-up Best of Breed. 

 

Ringo Seymour A&P Society 2014

Ringo – Best of Breed
Kerang and District Agricultural Show 2014

Seymour A&P Society 2014

 Willow – Runner Up Best of Breed
Kerang and District Agricultural Show 2014

 

Yarrawonga Mulwala & District 2014 – 5 October

Mr Chris Moore (Vic) was officiating as the hound judge at the Yarrawonga Mulwala & District With a number of Basenjis present top breed honours of Best of Breed went to Ch Tambuzi The Secret of Roan Inish (Willow). Willow ran against her father Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) who was awarded Runner-up Best of Breed. Another good day for the team!

Seymour A&P Society 2014

Willow- Best of Breed
Yarrawonga Mulwala & District Show 2014

Ringo Seymour A&P Society 2014

 Ringo – Runner Up Best of Breed
Yarrawonga Mulwala & District Show 2014

Seymour A&P Society 2014 – 4 October

After taking a break from the show ring for the past 6 weeks or so the dogs were fairly excited to attend their first show in a while. Mr Iain Hinde (Vic) was officiating as the hound judge at the Seymour A&P Society Championship Show With a number of Basenjis present top breed honours of Best of Breed went to Ch Tambuzi The Secret of Roan Inish (Willow). Willow ran against her father Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) who was awarded  Runner-up Best of Breed. This was a wonderful start back at showing from our short absence.

 

Seymour A&P Society 2014

Willow- Best of Breed
Seymour A&P Society 2014

Ringo Seymour A&P Society 2014

 Ringo – Runner Up Best of Breed
Seymour A&P Society 2014

Royal Melbourne Show Breed Showcase

Over four days 28 September to 1 October 2014 several of my dogs represented Basenjis and the Victorian Basenji Breed Association at the Melbourne Royal – Breed Showcase. The Royal Agricultural Society’s Royal Melbourne Show is the largest dog show in the southern hemisphere.

Ringo, Arthur, Raven and Willow were in attendance from Tambuzi along with Lexie and Tryst. What wonderful ambassadors they were for the breed. Ringo, particularly loves children and watches out for the next pram or pushchair knowing full well what the contents are. We noticed that he got particularly anxious when he heard a baby crying. And was most upset if a toddler walked on past our stand without saying ‘hello’. He is particularly gentle with babies and even when one decided to kick him he went back up for a pat. Once Arthur had discovered that the black marks in the concrete floor were not food he too took all the attention in his stride and waited patiently whilst he was hugged and patted.

We had quite a number of comments about how laid back and quiet the dogs were. Some were surprised to learn that at home they could sometimes turn into whirling dervishes. Mind you after being patted by hundreds of people Ringo was, at the end of the day, looking like he was in a sleep walk.

We also were asked to be ‘extras’ in the filming of a TV show for a local TV station.

 

Canine Amenities Club of Victoria 2014 – 13 June

Ms Michele Glover (VIC) judged this year’s Canine Amenities Club of Victoria 2014 championship show. Ms Glover gave breed honours to Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) Best of Breeddaughter Ch Tambuzi Secret Of Roan Inish (Willow) was awarded Runner Up Best of Breed and reserve bitch to another daughter Ch Tambuzi The Rinpocheof Qinghai (Ruby). Ruby later went on to Best Intermediate in Group.

Canine Amenities Club of Victoria 2014

Ringo – Best of Breed
Canine Amenities Club of Victoria 2014

Central Victoria Canine Club 2014Willow – Runner Up Best of Breed
Canine Amenities Club of Victoria 2014

 

 

Wangaratta Dog Club 2014 – 28 June

Mrs Linda Stevens (ACT) judged the hound group at today’s Wangaratta Dog Club 2014 show. Best of Breed was awarded to Ch Tambuzi Secret of Road Inish (Willow) beating her father Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) who was awarded Runner Up Best of Breed.

Wangaratta Dog Club 2014

Willow Best of Breed – Wangaratta Dog Club 2014

West Gippsland Kennel Association 2014 – 6 June

Mrs Anne-Marie Hearn (Vic) was in charge of the hound ring at the West Gippsland Kennel Association 2014 Show. Mrs Hearn awarded Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo) Best of Breed. Against strong competition; a quality line up of hounds Mrs Hearn awarded Ringo Runner Up in Group (BIG-2) and Best Open in Group.  Ch Tambuzi Secret of Roan Inish (Willow) was awarded Runner Up Best of Breed. Reserve dog challenge was awarded to Ch Tambuzi The Isle of Avalon (Arthur) and reserve Bitch to half sister Ch Tambuzi The Rinpocheof Qinghai (Ruby). All sired by Ringo. A very nice day for the kennel.

West Gippsland Kennel Association 2014

Ringo – Runner Up Best in Group (BIG-2)
West Gippsland Kennel Association 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cystinuria in Basenjis

I read with interest the article written by Chris Maxka (SunDiata Basenjis, USA) recently published in the Victorian Basenji Breed Association’s B-Mail about Cystinuria in Basenjis. The article explains that Cystinuria or Cystine bladder stones could be an emerging health concern in Basenjis. Cystinuria is potentially fatal and is found more commonly in Newfoundlands and Labrador Retrievers. To find out more about Cystinuria in Basenjis click on the link below.

What is Cystinuria?

cystinuriaWhat is Cystinuria?
Cystinuria is a genetic defect. The defect affects the kidney tubules. This in turn affects the kidney’s ability to filter cystine (an amino acid). The filerting process prevents this amino acid from going the urine. When this filtering action fails cystine passes into the urine. Over time crystals and/or stones can form. These stones can enter the urethra and cause an obstruction preventing the flow of urine. This form of blockage is more common in males due to their anatomy. Once there is a blockage the bladder is unable to empty. The bladder is likely to rupture which can be fatal.

Cystinuria is congenital in dogs where the issue is more common. Cystinuria is more common in Newfoundlands, Labradors and Scottish Deerhounds. However, it can take many years for the crystals/stones to form in order that symptoms present themselves. Sometimes symptoms do not present themselves.

Unlike other bladder stones, cystine stones will generally dissolve or breakdown with treatment. There are some drugs that can be given to try and break down the stones. These drugs are risky and are expensive. Drugs are not typically advised unless there are no other options. Generlly, the stones are removed surgically.

In Basenjis the symptoms may present at 17 months-11 years old. Cystinuria has been known in Basenjis for a long time. It is mentioned in the Complete Basenji by Elspet Ford. Although cases are rare this issue seems to be on the increase.


Mode of Inheritance
The mode of inheritance in Newfoundlands and Labradors is autosomal recessive. However, there is evidence pointing to the mode of inheritance being  autosomal recessive with incomplete penetrance. That is a trigger is thought to be required for dogs predisposing of cystinuria to develop stones. The mode of inheritance in other breeds, although thought to be autosomal recessive, is not confirmed. The University of Pennsylvania are researching this issue in dogs and cats.

Symptoms

  • obvious pain when attempting to urinate;
  • poor urine flow;
  • blood in the urine;
  • a fowl rotten egg smell to the urine due to the presence of cystine crystals;
  • dogs become despondent;
  • walk with back arched due to pain in the kidney location; and/or
  • cannot pass urine due to a blockage (this needs immediate veterinary treatment)

Treatment
In cases where a dog is diagnosed with this condition but is not presenting:

  • crystals and/or stones;
  • problems urinating; and/or
  • signs of pain or discomfort;

a special diet may be advised. This diet is usually very low in protein which can help reduce the risk of stones forming. Some supplements can also administered to reduce the risk of stones forming. In the case where stones have formed usually the only course is to have them surgically removed. Removal will prevent possible blockages in the urinary tract. When a blockage has occurred a process called hydropulsion is employed. This process pushes the stone back into the bladder. Once the stone is in the bladder it can be removed.

Prognosis
Once diagnoses the prognosis is generally good. A change of diet is generally recommended. Further testing might be required to ensure that stones do not form. Once removed stones can re-form so continued observation is required.

Research
Cystinuria is being researched at the University of Pennsylvania. Chris Maxka (SunDiata Basenjis, USA) is collating information about Basenjis with this issue. A database is being compiled to assist the researchers.  The information being collected includes age and diet of likely patients. Individual information is kept confidential and is not passed to the researchers. Aggregate data is passed to the University of Pennsylvania researchers. If you have a Basenji that has been affected or has been diagnosed with Cystinuria your information may assist the research. If you wish to assist please contact Chris at her email.

Box Hill and District 2014 – 31 May

The Box Hill and District 2014 Kennel Club Inc show was held today. Ms Lyn King (Vic) officiated in the Hound ring. Ms King gave top breed honours, Best of Breed, to Ch Debrak On The Road Again (AI) (Ringo). Not to be out done his daughters were also recognised.  Runner Up Best of Breed went to Ch Tambuzi The Rinpoche of Qinghai (Ruby) owned by Lisa-Jane Hunter and reserve challenge to Ch Tambuzi Secret Of Roan Inish (Willow).

Box Hill and District 2014

Ringo Best of Breed – Box Hill and District 2014